If you’ve started picturing how you want your wedding to look, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about colours, styles and trends. You might have honed in on a few details too. While this is a great starting point, there’s another key element that’s often overlooked. When I design a wedding styling plan, incorporating texture is an absolute must. Not only does it add warmth and visual interest, texture has the power to elevate even the most minimal aesthetic. So, where do you start?
How to Add Texture to Your Wedding
Lean on Layering & Mix Things Up
A layered look created using a variety of textures is immediately more exciting to the eye. Mixing natural materials like flowers, foliage, wood and linen with manmade textures such as paper, glass and metal is an approach I use over and over again in my work.
Play with Fabric
When it comes to using fabric at your wedding, table linen and napkins aren’t the only options. You can soften and zone a space by displaying fabric hangings on the walls or add cosiness with rugs, cushions and draping. Using fabric like this can be useful in a large venue as it will make the space feel more intimate and less echoey. Amp up the texture even more by incorporating crochet, weaving or macrame.
Put a New Spin on Old Trends
While I’m not a fan of the dreaded chair sashes or covers, seating is a great place to add texture and warmth. Cushions or sheepskins on chairs are perfect for a winter wedding and I love using rattan peacock chairs. Take a look at Faye and Neil’s boho Cornish wedding for more inspiration.
Let Nature Inspire You
Texture can also come from plants or dried flowers. Gorgeous, fluffy pampas grass adds masses of warmth and texture, especially alongside fabrics like linen. You can learn more about using dried flowers and pampas grass at your wedding here. If the dried flower look isn’t your thing, you can always use plants at your wedding in the same way you would use them to decorate your home. Succulents and cacti are a popular choice, but I love lush, tropical evergreen varieties like palms and monstera too.
A Few Textures I Use & Love
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some materials I love using to add style, texture and warmth…
- Fabrics like linen, velvet and silk
- Metals like copper and brass
- Crystal glassware
- Dried flowers & foliage
- Earthenware pottery
- Sheepskin throws
- Vintage rugs